The entire school helped us surprise this week's Golden Apple Award winner. That's because everyone at Holy Childhood nominated Mary Dickinson.
Everyone at Holy Childhood loves Mary Dickinson and they wanted in on our surprise. It started with a fake phone call. We tricked Mary into walking into our surprise in the school cafeteria.
Mary was nominated on behalf of the entire staff by Georgia Kay Weston. "When you have a personality like that and have a smile on your face, you make everybody else smile around you. I've seen her in action. She's always got a smile on her face. She's the go to person."
"She is definitely my can do teacher" says Principal Melanie Byrne. "I go to her for any extra project. And she also is the first one to volunteer for any extra project. Every decision that Mary makes at the end of the day is in the best interests of her students. And for me that's all I want in a teacher."
Over the past three decades Mary Dickinson has done it all at Holy Childhood. "I've spent 30 years here" she says. I've grown up here. So I just love school so much. I learn something new from my students every single day. Whatever your dream is you keep going until it comes true. I love all the students and families and all the co-workers. Thank you."
Mary Dickinson is a News 8 Golden Apple Award winner. Click here to learn more about Holy Childhood. Look below to read the letter we received nominating Mary.
Dear News 8,
Mary Dickinson has been a special needs teacher for over 30 years at Holy Childhood. She always has a smile on her face and brings a smile to all who are around her, students and staff alike.
She has been instrumental in the ACHIEVES transitional Program at our school as well as developing a literacy team with Mary Moore, another longtime teacher at the school.
Mary is our go to person, she never says no. Mary teams with teacher Beth Looby. They co-teach life and academic skills. This includes a beautiful, full Senior Prom and Senior Graduation. She takes the students out in the community where they learn to prepare for community based jobs as well as living independently as young, vibrant adults.
WE nominate Mary Dickinson for all her years of dedicated service as a special Education Teacher. Mary is now studying for her Administrative Degree. We love Mary and hope she is the winner of the Golden Apple Award.
Georgia Kay Weston
On behalf of the entire staff at Holy Childhood